2

votes

Itching at night

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 01, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I keep itching at night and it bugs me like crazy. I wonder if its a spider or if its just my blankets. I really want it to go away but every time i stop itching it comes right back. What should i do?

79b187d791eae49070a90d6ca7ee5547

(125)

on March 12, 2012
at 11:11 AM

Ive read several articles that list itching as a possible symptom of thyroid issues, along with other stuff like cold extremities, brittle hair, heart palpitations, etc. Chris Kresser has written extensively on the topic. I'd try his site at chriskresser.com.

190093cc42a330b41e1b5cdef19f9955

on March 04, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I use their Super Sensitive line on both myself and my 5 year old....try looking at those ingredients...

3408e1d1c7d6b49fca2edb96b433ff9b

(129)

on March 03, 2012
at 09:29 PM

They do seem gluten free. The soap I saw included lemon but there could be others. The moisturizers had canola oil and derivatives or rice. There are obviously worse products out there though.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on March 03, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Scabies was my first thought. It's noted for being worse at night.

Febff9750db96ee2cbf83c9ed5bfc2c3

(5)

on March 02, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Do you have any articles supporting itchy skin being a symptom of thyroid problems? I've had itchy skin for years and I'm running out of options, just wondering whether or not I've ever had my thyroid hormones checked.

Dea5f440698f5488b975ada2f61daa0d

(393)

on March 01, 2012
at 11:22 PM

We keep a small jar of coconut oil just for use on our skin.

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

9 Answers

1
79b187d791eae49070a90d6ca7ee5547

on March 02, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Itching is a sign of thyroid issues. You may want to have your thyroid hormone levels checked and make sure you're getting enough iodine and selenium in your diet.

Febff9750db96ee2cbf83c9ed5bfc2c3

(5)

on March 02, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Do you have any articles supporting itchy skin being a symptom of thyroid problems? I've had itchy skin for years and I'm running out of options, just wondering whether or not I've ever had my thyroid hormones checked.

79b187d791eae49070a90d6ca7ee5547

(125)

on March 12, 2012
at 11:11 AM

Ive read several articles that list itching as a possible symptom of thyroid issues, along with other stuff like cold extremities, brittle hair, heart palpitations, etc. Chris Kresser has written extensively on the topic. I'd try his site at chriskresser.com.

1
725220a3fc595fbb5d96e71bfd690695

(254)

on March 01, 2012
at 09:55 PM

Could be a number of things such as irritants, stress, allergies, dehydration, hormones, liver or kidney detox. You may want to examine what you've been eating/drinking to see if you can determine the root cause.

1
4b05d725a8332e8e917a4ca58b6e8a1e

(1239)

on March 01, 2012
at 08:20 PM

When I was in the midst of planning my wedding (pre-paleo), I went through the same thing. It would be so intense that I was getting maybe 3-4 hours of sleep a night on average for a couple of months. After eliminating all possible external causes (I washed my sheets obsessively, used copious amounts of lotions and oils, stopped taking hot showers, saw my doctor, etc.), I chalked it up to stress. Lo and behold, when I started my paleo journey after my wedding and dedicated myself to ridding as much stress as possible from my life, the itching stopped. I've never slept so well.

If your itching is accompanied by a rash or anything visible, I'd take it to your doctor. If it's entirely unexplained, try looking at your stress levels.

0
45e51fee7d295e523ff4134f76c3ba05

(923)

on March 03, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Have you checked for bedbugs, especially if you have traveled and stayed in a hotel recently? Pull off all the covers and check around the mattress and box springs for black specks. Some people do not get welts from the bites but they have the itching. If you do have welts, the bites usually come in threes.

0
741299a739cb6188b644c726068a3a41

(0)

on March 02, 2012
at 10:09 PM

It could be scabies or an allergic reaction to cleaning agents (detergents, soap etc.)

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on March 03, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Scabies was my first thought. It's noted for being worse at night.

0
Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

(1163)

on March 02, 2012
at 08:09 PM

The first thing I would do is wash all the sheets and blankets on my bed.

0
190093cc42a330b41e1b5cdef19f9955

on March 02, 2012
at 07:40 PM

California baby makes gluten free lotions, etc..".

190093cc42a330b41e1b5cdef19f9955

on March 04, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I use their Super Sensitive line on both myself and my 5 year old....try looking at those ingredients...

3408e1d1c7d6b49fca2edb96b433ff9b

(129)

on March 03, 2012
at 09:29 PM

They do seem gluten free. The soap I saw included lemon but there could be others. The moisturizers had canola oil and derivatives or rice. There are obviously worse products out there though.

0
3408e1d1c7d6b49fca2edb96b433ff9b

on March 01, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Can anyone suggest a skin cream or lotion that is both gluten free and fruit free? I have an intolerance to fruit. My itching is from dry skin and possibly eczema.

Dea5f440698f5488b975ada2f61daa0d

(393)

on March 01, 2012
at 11:22 PM

We keep a small jar of coconut oil just for use on our skin.

0
96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 01, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I'm pretty itchy at night too and the main site of itchiness is my upper back/shoulder blade area. I have no clue why, but I can rule out a few things. For me, it doesn't seem to be eating/not eating dairy nor the level of whole-food carbs although I'm definitely MORE itchy if I eat something including wheat--and then I itch everywhere. I seem to be itchy most nights and there's nothing I eat or drink EVERY day.

It's not a laundry detergent because I use soap nuts and washing my skin/hair directly with them doesn't cause itching. Also, the only other thing I use on my laundry is a spot-spray and I don't use that on the upper back.

My best guess right now is the amount of time I spend in my recliner with my upper back pressed against the chair. I try to move around throughout the day but I still rack up plenty of recliner time and when I prop my legs up--which I do--that intensifies the pressure of the chair against my skin. Unfortunately, sitting very long in a chair/bench with no support replaces the itchy skin with a chronic back ache as I have congenital "issues" in my spine. That becomes a lesser-of-two-evils thing and I guess I'll just keep having a nice scratch every night. :-))

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!